SANTA CLARA – The 49ers lost 39-10 to the Los Angeles Rams Sunday afternoon. Here are the 49ers grades.
BEATHARD: F. His quarterback rating was 56.1, he committed three turnovers and now has 10 in just four starts this season. We have seen enough of Beathard. The 49ers need a new quarterback. Trading up to take him in the third round was a terrible move that will hurt the 49ers for years.
RUNNING BACKS: B-minus. Matt Breida fumbled and Alfred Morris not effective. Raheem Mostert averaged 8.4 yards per carry, but carried the ball only seven times. And Fullback Kyle Juszczyk averaged nine yards per catch – good for a fullback – but received only three targets. Kyle Shanahan didn’t use them enough. More on Shanahan below.
WIDE RECEIVERS: F. This is supposed to be the 49ers’ strongest position group on offense. Combined, the receivers caught four passes. Pierre Garcon should retire. Marquise Goodwin is overrated.
TIGHT ENDS: A-minus. George Kittle caught five passes and gained 98 yards. He is the best player on the offense. His backup, Garrett Celek, caught no passes, but did commit his weekly penalty. He’s worthless. He should not play.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: F. They gave up seven sacks and 11 quarterback hits. Center Weston Richburg gave up one sack, and rookie right tackle Mike McGlinchey gave up three. Last week, McGlinchey gave up two. Local fanalysts were too quick to label him a good draft pick. He’s a major work in progress.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: D. The run defense was decent. The pass rush wasn’t. It was bad. The best pass rusher was Arik Armstead, who recorded one sack late in the game when the 49ers were down big, and celebrated.
LINEBACKERS: C-plus. They held Todd Gurley to 4.2 yards per carry, which is respectable. But, they gave up two rushing touchdowns in the red zone. Not respectable.
SAFETIES: C. Adrian Colbert injured his ankle breaking up a long pass to Brandin Cooks. That was a good play. Jaquiski Tartt almost intercepted a pass, but dropped it. Not a good play. Tartt is overrated.
CORNERBACKS: C. Richard Sherman chose to sit out. Greg Mabin replaced him and played well. The other cornerback, Ahkello Witherspoon, said after the game in the locker room he thought he played well. He didn’t. He gave up a touchdown catch to Cooks. The 49ers need to draft at least one corner next year. Witherspoon is a bust.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D. They gave up a 36-yard punt return, and allowed the Rams to block a punt in the end zone.
COACHES: D. The defense came ready to play. The offense didn’t. Robert Saleh outcoached Kyle Shanahan, who is failing as a head coach. His team makes the same mistakes every week because they stink. Shanahan stinks. Why in the world did he want his team to wear the 1994 uniforms? Did he think his team would play like the ’94 team if it looked like the ’94 team? That team won the Super Bowl. His team has one win. It didn’t earn the right to wear those uniforms. Shanahan needs to get real. He isn’t on the hot seat yet, but should be if the 49ers lose their next few games to the Cardinals, Raiders and Giants, who have three wins combined. Do better, Kyle.